Saturday, August 30, 2014

What are You Doing this Labor Day Weekend?

Just in case your not doing this .....

Certainly, don't "overwork"! And if you are still trying to decide what to BBQ, try this ono-licious Asian grilled salmon recipe from Ina Garten. It's a hit at our house with some Ajinomoto Yakisoba frozen noodles from Costco, black rice (once reserved for only the emperors) and a tossed salad ..... easy breezy, yummy and healthy.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Mona Lisa Stolen from the Louvre

On this day, in 1911, the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre Museum In Paris.  To commemorate this historical event, the museum created this short animated video on how the painting was stolen and subsequently found. Below is a link to the video. If the video is in it's native tongue of French (and you don't understand like me), in the upper right hand corner of the page, you can change the language.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Get Creative!

Happy Hump Day! Try and be creative today. Draw a picture, write in your journal, plant some flowers, try a new recipe .... just use your imagination!

“Creativity takes courage. ”
― Henri Matisse

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Cast Iron Skillets & Some Fun with Julia Child

Hum... the cast iron skillet!  So many uses from whipping up some buttermilk pancakes to baking dense chocolate cakes and to flakey crust pies.

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I recently watched a report on one of those news shows (it shall go unnamed because I can't quite remember which one) that focused on cast ironware, skillets in general. I guess they're all the rage now with those adventurous people honing their culinary skills. My first iron skillet was a wedding gift from my oldest sister. The skillet didn't really survive the test of time as I wasn't aware how to care for it. I know, I know .... pretty hard to kill a cast iron skillet. This little beauty pictured here was purchased at an estate sale a few years back. I did some research and was able to determine by the font and where it is placed on the bottom of the skillet, it was manufactured between 1924 to 1935. Thanks to Country Living magazine, I can provide you a link to clean not only your cast ironware but other items you frequently use in your kitchen. Bon App├ętit!

And, if you'd like to check out the age of your cast ironware - check out http://www.castironcollector.com

photo: Country Living